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Old Franciscan Friary
Reviewed 10 March 2013

It is a little gem lost in the middle of Adare. It deserves a little more attention from conservationists because it is still possible to bring it to life and avoid it being just one more ruin.

1  Thank Rodrigo C
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

We had the ruins all to ourselves and had a fabulous time exploring and taking photos.

2  Thank familyof5OH
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

This is not the best preserved example of a Friary in the Republic, but if you're staying in Adare or driving through the area it is definitely worth a stop. It's location is more than beautiful, set on the side of the river, and..... on a golf course. You will have to get permission to view it. We had no problem as we were staying at Adare Manor.

The cloister is well preserved. Much of the rest of the site is in varying states of ruin. On a nice day it is a great spot for photographs and a personal trip to the past. Nice spot.

11  Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

We wanted to spend the morning of Good Friday in a quiet manner.

The religious orders of old liked to settle on good land beside a river, and no less than three groups of monks made the countryside of Adare their home during the Middle Ages.

My sister in law had planned on attending the Trinitarian Abey otherwise known as the “White Abbey” in the centre of the village. It had been restored by the First Earl of Dunraven as a Roman Catholic Parish Church. My husband and I were attending the Church of Ireland services that afternoon at the Augustinian Priory (or the Black Friars’ Abey) which was founded in 1315 by John, Earl of Kildare.

So it was fitting that we spend the morning at the Franciscan Friary ruins in the demesne, beside the clubhouse of the Adare Manor Golf Course. We understand that full tours of the ruins of Adare are available through the Adare Heritage Centre during peak vacation times. In April though the best you can do (if you have anyone with mobility issues) is tour the Franciscan Friary Ruins.

After 1756 John Wesley paid several visits to Adare and the site of the tree where he preached is marked. Here perhaps? The quiet time that we spent at the ruins that Good Friday morning was absolutely fascinating

This is essentially a pictoral review, so please feel free to see my blog post for all the photos at: http://foodmusings.ca/ireland/the-ruins-of-adare/

3  Thank Kathryne G
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

We attended a dawn Easter Mass at the ruins of the Friary. It was very moving and memorable. What a great experience!

1  Thank courtstill
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